Brunello di Montalcino Fattoria dei Barbi 2019

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This red wine is produced since 1892 and was awarded many times for its quality. This wine is the “heart” of our production and it is made with 100% Sangiovese grapes from our best vineyards in Montalcino. Fattoria dei Barbi is located in the heart of the “hill” of Montalcino. The wine Brunello di Montalcino is born here.We occupy the southern part, with soils that mix a majority of marleswith a minor percentage of clay and eocenic sands. We are protected from the northern winds by the hill of Montalcino and from the hot winds by the Mount Amiata. This situation creates an uniform climate, sunny and dry, which favours the production of long ageing wines.

Grapes Sangiovese 100%.

Vineyards Property of Fattoria dei Barbi, located in the district of Montalcino and registered for Brunello di Montalcino production. Soil: marl, alberese limestone. Altitude: 300-500 mt slm. Average Age: grape vines planted between 1975 and 2017. Orientation: South. Vine Training System: Cordone libero. Vine Stock per Hectar: 5.000. Yield per Hectar: 65 ql.

The Year 2019 Winter with temperatures slightly above the average for recent years; only minimum temperatures were below zero, concentrated mainly in the first half of January. Rainfall concentrated between 18 and 25 January and the first five days of February, for a total of about 70 mm over the two months. Budding took place at the usual time, with rainfall of around 100 mm and average temperatures of around 10°C in March, April and May. The seasonal trend during these months led to a vegetative slowing down of about two weeks. There was no significant rainfall in June and July, except for a major phenomenon at the end of July, with about 70 mm in for two days. Average temperatures during the two months were between 20°C and 25°C, with peaks of 35°C on just two days. No precipitation was recorded in August, apart from around the 25th of the month, with a total of 20 mm; temperatures were within the usual range, with maximums between 30 and 35°C. Thanks to the accumulated water reserves and temperatures that never reached excessively high peaks, the foliage remained more or less intact and efficient. All this allowed the slow and even ripening of the grapes, ideal for obtaining perfect phenolic and technological maturity. As well as delaying the harvest, rain during the first week of September also allowed the containment of the alcohol content of the grapes. The Sangiovese grapes were in excellent health. The harvest started on September 30th and ended on October 10th.

Vinification Before the fermentation the grapes were subjected to a cold pre-fermentative maceration which consists in cooling the grapes at a temperature of 16° C in an environment protected by CO². This process increases the extraction of polyphenols and aroma compounds. The regular alcoholic fermentation followed and lasted 16/17 days at a controlled temperature of 27°-28°C. After the racking and the malolactic fermentation the wine aged in small-medium size oak barrels (2,25 – 15 hl) for the first months. Later it completed the aging in larger oak barrels, for a total period of two years and then is bottled at least 4 months before the release.

Chemical analysis Alcohol 14.50 % – Tot. Ac. 5.8 g/l – Vol. Ac. 0.5 g/l – Residual sugars < 0.6 g/l – Dry Extract 29.2 g/l – pH 3,27.

Sensory analysis Colour: brilliant ruby red. Bouquet: ripe red fruit (strawberries, raspberries), light and freshly smoked spice, anise, heather, white pepper. Taste: well structured, large and enveloping, slightly green tannins, closed but very promising.

Food Combination Perfect for important dishes, roasted or grilled red meats, game, venison, stewed wild boar. Excellent with mature cheeses.

Serving Temperature 18°C.

Capacity of Ageing 15-50 years.

Conservation and Storage Keep the bottle horizontally in a dark place at a temperature of 12°-14°C.

Format wine Bordeaux style bottle 0.75 Lt, Half bottle 0.35 Lt and Magnum bottle 1.5 Lt in individual wooden box.

Enviromental Labeling

Issue: May 30, 2024
Score: 92/100

Fresh and lively, this light-bodied red offers cherry, strawberry, earth and herb flavors, with crisp tannins emerging on the finish. Approachable now, but should improve with a few more years of age. Drink now through 2038. 13,046 cases made, 1,050 cases imported.

Bruce Sanderson

 

Issue: September 2023
Score: 95/100

Blueberry and orange peel with some cedar and nutmeg in the aromas and flavors. Medium to full body with firm and polished tannins and a flavorful finish. Polished and refined, yet structured. Solid wine. Better after three or four years.

James Suckling

 

Issue: December 14, 2023
Score: 95/100

2019 Fattoria dei Barbi Brunello di Montalcino

Producer: Fattoria dei Barbi
From: Italy, Tuscany, Brunello di Montalcino
Color: Red
Type: Table
Sweetness: dry
Variety: Sangiovese
Rating 95
Release Price 80
Drink Date 2025 – 2040
Reviewed by Monica Larner
Issue Date Dec 14, 2023
Source December 2023 Week 2

Offering a clean and bright fruit profile, the Fattoria dei Barbi 2019 Brunello di Montalcino shows plum, dark cherry and blackberry. The fruit presented in this vintage is fresh, velvety, nicely contoured and still tastes quite primary in nature. This bodes well for the wine’s future bottle evolution. The tannins are slightly chalky but supported by rich texture. This is from a widely distributed production of 160,000 bottles that will hit the market in January 2024. Great job here.

Monica Larner

 

Issue: December 2023
Score: 91/100

2019 Brunello di Montalcino.
Producer: Fattoria dei Barbi.
Release Price: $75
Drinking Window: 2025 – 2033
Color: Red
Eric Guido, November 2023
The 2019 Brunello di Montalcino opens with a mentholated freshness, blending savory herbs with wild strawberries and camphor hints. It’s softly textured and supple in feel, more lifted than expected. Crisp red berry fruits cascade throughout and are supported by brisk acidity. This nishes tannic and long, leaving a bitter tinge to linger as hints of licorice fade. I find myself craving a little more flesh on the bone. That said, with maturity should also come more fat that should help to balance the 2019.

Eric Guido

 

Issue: November 14, 2023
Score: 17+/20

Lustrous mid to deep ruby. Brooding and still closed on the nose. Supple, focused cherry fruit with fine-ground tannins. Youthful and with proper grip on the finish. Needs more time. (WS) 14.5% Drink 2026 –2034

Walter Speller

 

Issue: March 4, 2024
Score: 91/100

With over six centuries of land ownership in Montalcino, the Cinelli Colombinifamily continues to preside over one of the region’s most historic estates. Fattoria dei Barbi’s flagship blue label is assembled from the property’s 40 hectares that are registered for Brunello production. The 2019 is true to its mild-mannered style. A pale ruby hue with brick edges matches the mature bouquet offering sweet earthy appeal. Then an unexpected vibrancy sallies forth on the palate. Macerated raspberry gets a lift from pepper and orange peel. Fine, gentle tannins are tightly woven giving a lingering grip. Very serviceable in the near-term. Tasted by: Michaela Morris (at Chiostro Museo Montalcino, 14 Nov 2023). Drinking Window: 2024-2031

Michaela Morris

 

Issue: March 4, 2024
Score: 94/100

The 2019 Brunello Di Montalcino pours a ruby/garnet color and leaps fromthe glass with lots of purity and personality, revealing notes of wildcherries, pine needles, Mediterranean herbs, and crushed roses. Medium-bodied, it’s snappy with fi ne tannins, crunchy acidity, and a mouthwateringmineral fi nish. It’s zesty and inviting, with refreshing lift and a coolingsensibility, and although it’s light on its feet, it’s highly expressive. Very well done. Drink 2024-2034 | Tasting Date: 2/28/2024. Maturity: 2024-2034

Audrey Frick

 

Issue: March 22, 2024
Score: 95/100

Pale medium red. Very elegant, clean, minerally red fruit and fresh citrus aromas and flavours. Juicy, lively and smooth, this beautiful Brunello finishes long, energetic and beautifully focused. Outstanding stuff here made in the winery’s usual, more polite style. Drinking window: 2028-2038.

Ian D’Agata

 

Issue: November 14, 2023
Score: 92/100

The Fattoria dei Barbi’s straight 2019 Brunello opens with varietal Sangiovese aromas of forest floor, new leather, blue flower and aromatic herb. On the solid palate, taut tannins and fresh acidity accompany dried cherry, star anise and tobacco. Drink 2027–2034. Abv: 14.5% Kerin O’Keefe November 2023 ©kerinokeefe.com

Kerin O’Keefe

 

Issue: October 2023
Score: 97/100

The Brunello ‘vintage’ of Fattoria dei Barbi, a staple of the typology, in a balanced version, olfaction that opens on pomegranate notes, then wild rosemary, juniper and clementine peel. Brackish sip, with a return of pomegranate and officinal notes.

Luca Gardini

 

Issue: February 13, 2024
Score: 94/100

Pale ruby red in colour. Delicate aromas of violet, iris and pale rose petal. Red cherry, redcurrant, liquorice, worn leather, eucalyptus, orange peel and distant spice. on entry showing freshness and energy, light in texture. Savoury. Linear. Full of character. Memorable. Articulated finish.

Tony Wood

 

Issue: March 25, 2024
Score: 93/100

The first two concepts that arrive in mind for Fattoria deli Barbi’s 2019 Annata are respect and tradition because this insistent sangiovese is just what has been and should always be. Fruit and acidity straight away, together and equal which means there will almost certainly be balance in effect all the way through. That is in fact the case for a 2019 that pays duty to vintage and homage to history. The wood is a bit aggressive mind you and that too adheres to lines of necessity to see a sangiovese from a very good Montalcino vintage with the ability to age. Drink 2025-2030. Tasted November 2023.

Michael Godel

Issue: February 2024
Score: 92

Thomas Rydberg

Issue: March 26, 2024
Score: 89/100

Tasting vom 22.03.2024. Strahlendes Rubingranat. Schüchterne Nase nach reifen Erdbeeren, Muskat und Lakritze, im Nachhall erdige Anklänge. Saftiger Gaumeneintritt, mit griffigem, weitmaschigem Tannin, zeigt wieder erdige Anklänge, im Finale leider trocknend.

Othmar Kiem, Simon Staffler